Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms


reviewed by Marshall George - 2002

coverTitle: Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms
Author(s): Gloria Ladson-Billings
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0787950017, Pages: 192, Year: 2001
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†A well-known teacher educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gloria Ladsen-Billings, author of The Dreamkeepers (Jossey-Bass, 1997) has again written about the need to prepare pre-service teachers to meet the needs of an ever-growing diverse population in our nationís public schools. This is a book of stories: stories of the authorís journey as a teacher and teacher educator, and stories of the journeys of a group of her teacher education students. In telling these stories, Ladson-Billings advocates an approach to teaching that focuses on a blending of academics, culture, and social justice. In Crossing Over to Canaan, Gloria Ladson-Billings describes the experiences of a cohort of eight female teacher education students in the Teach for Diversity (TDF) Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Using a biblical metaphor that compares the struggles of these eight novice teachers to that of Old Testament figure Joshua, the author attempts to chronicle the experiences of these eight young women as they face the challenges of teaching in culturally diverse urban schools. Near... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1019-1021
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10853, Date Accessed: 11/28/2020 9:19:17 AM

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